David de Gea, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones are among the first-team stars to arrive at Carrington on the first day of Erik ten Hag’s new era at Manchester United.
Spanish goalkeeper de Gea, England defender Shaw and out-of-favour centre half Jones all reported for pre-season training for the first time after the summer break.
Dutch boss ten Hag arrived on Monday at 8am at the training ground, driven by a chauffeur.
Ten Hag was announced as the new United manager in April, replacing interim Ralf Rangnick, who has left the club. He began preparations for his role in May but will now undertake training for the first time with his Red Devils players.
And newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington, 21 years after leaving his role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s No 2 at Old Trafford.
David de Gea is among the first-team stars to arrive on the first day of Erik ten Hag’s new era
Manchester United defender Phil Jones, linked with a transfer away, also drove in on Monday
England defender Luke Shaw pulled up for his first training session after the summer break
Ten Hag’s Manchester United era is officially underway as the new boss arrives for his first day
Newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington
Several first-team stars will not be in attendance after playing in June’s Nations League international matches, for example Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
But despite a sizeable number of absentees still enjoying their holidays, there will still be 15 senior players turning up for their first season under ten Hag – including out-of-favour England duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
He will have plenty of work to do, given they finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 13 points off the Champions League places.
The Red Devils narrowly pipped West Ham to the second Europa League qualifying spot, just about missing out on the ignominy of the third-tier Europa Conference League.
Their total of 58 points was still their worst total in 32 years, and 35 points off the eventual total of champions – and fierce rivals – Manchester City.
Ten Hag was appointed to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in April and his work starts now
All this is happening against a backdrop of significant discontent at the Glazer ownership
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly frustrated with the lack of progress in the transfer market
Several players have left the club this summer, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Lee Grant – all on free transfers.
But ten Hag will doubtless want to shift several more players, with Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial among those with uncertain futures.
And their lack of transfer activity has been reflected in their zero incomings as well. Despite serious interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who worked under ten Hag at Ajax and appears to be their No 1 target, there is no progress as yet.
Ajax winger Antony is also a target, while Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen is available on a free transfer and is set to choose between the clubs shortly.
But the fact rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have already strengthened with the likes of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez respectively, the lack of deals done will do little to appease frustrated fans.
Rivals Manchester City, meanwhile, have already wrapped up the signing of Erling Haaland
Liverpool have completed their transfer business early, signing Benfica striker Darwin Nunez
But United’s highly publicised pursuit of Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong appears to be failing
Star Portuguese forward Ronaldo, 37, is reportedly ready to quit the club this summer over their lack of progress in the transfer market.
The star forward returned to Old Trafford last summer, 13 years after leaving for Real Madrid for a then-world record fee, but it did not prove to be the glorious homecoming he had hoped.
The veteran has a year left on his contract and both he and new manager Erik ten Hag, who replaced interim boss Ralf Rangnick in April, have spoken with excitement of another season after the Dutchman implements a squad rebuild.
And the former Sporting Lisbon and Juventus star reportedly issued the club an ultimatum – ‘up your game or I’ll leave’, supposedly informing his inner circle that a continued lack of transfers would see him start looking for another club.
In that context, the news ten Hag may only have £100million to spend before sales could prove a major blow to the club, who are thought to be determined to avoid overpaying for targets after previously burning through cash.